NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Mike Munchak believes the Titans are close to finishing a rebuilding project and turning this franchise into a playoff team once again.
Now he must convince Tennessee's new president and chief executive officer Tommy Smith that he's still the best man as head coach.
Bud Adams spent more than $100 million bringing in 13 free agents and made it clear before he died that he expected 2013 to be a playoff season.
But the Titans lost quarterback
The coach will meet first with general manager Ruston Webster in the next day or two, then Smith later this week.
''The biggest thing is staying healthy at certain positions, especially the quarterback position, but I like the group we have here,'' Munchak said Monday. ''I thought these guys worked hard. We'll make a few changes to make the roster a tad better, but I don't think a lot's needed.''
The Titans lost six games by eight points or less this season after being blown out in seven games in 2012. They also won six games by the same margin. The biggest mark against Munchak is his AFC South record, now 6-12 after two straight wins to wrap the season.
If Munchak is retained, defensive coordinator will be among his coaching moves with Jerry Gray's contract up along with the one-year deal for Gregg Williams as senior assistant coach for the defense. With Williams on staff after his season-long suspension for his role in the Saints' bounty scandal, the Titans jumped from 27th in the NFL in yards allowed to 14th.
Locker has three more months with his surgically-repaired right foot in a walking boot, but he expects to be ready for the offseason program. He has a year left on his rookie deal but has missed 14 of 32 games since being named the starter. Munchak said they obviously hope this record would be different if Locker had been healthy all season.
Smith has said he plans to spend more money this offseason to add talent. The Titans also will have the No. 11 draft pick overall to use too.
They also must decide if they want to keep
''I feel like if the ball would've bounced our way a couple games I feel like we could've made the playoffs,'' Johnson said.